‘I THOUGHT HEART ATTACKS ONLY HAPPENED TO THE ELDERLY’
Heart disease is the number one killer of Australian women.
Four times as many women die of heart disease as they do of breast cancer.
Here at The Hoopla, we don’t want to lose any of our precious readers to a disease that is largely preventable. That’s why we have joined the with the Heart Foundation’s GO RED FOR WOMEN campaign.
Here we share Dreena Lawrence-Gray’s story, whose phone call to her mother saved her life.
“As a busy working mum I admit I wasn’t taking time to look after myself. I was overweight, stressed and needed to set priorities and slow down. I always thought heart attacks happened to elderly people, but I was so wrong.
“I was alone when I first starting experiencing the warning signs. I bundled myself up and went to bed, thinking that might make me feel better, but I couldn’t rest so I called my mum. That call saved my life.
“My mum called an ambulance and came over right away to help. I don’t remember much of what happened, but I clearly remember being brought back to my hospital room after a stent was inserted in my blocked artery.
“My parents were waiting for me. I was overcome with emotion on seeing them because I had been thinking that if I was going to die, I wanted to see my parents, my partner and daughter before I went.
“Now my priorities have changed and I make sure I take the time to eat properly and exercise.
I encourage other women to take heart disease seriously and find out how they can reduce their risk. I’d also urge everyone to learn the warning signs of heart attack as it may just save your life or the life of someone you love.”